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Mining countries being helped to build critical mineral supply chains

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 2 hours 44 minutes ago CAPE TOWN (miningweekly.com) – The United States of America wants to support mineral producing countries to build enabling environments for investment throughout the critical minerals supply chain and not just focusing on extraction alone. This was stated by US Under Secretary of State for... 

Expanding the value proposition of the PDS 

By: Simone Liedtke     Updated 5 hours ago That Proximity Detection System (PDS) technology has over the years ushered in a new era in mine safety management is no overstatement. Given the pace of development in the past two years, Booyco Electronics CEO Anton Lourens says PDS technology is advancing its value proposition beyond the... 

PDS technology will continue to develop, particularly leveraging advancements in areas such as the Internet of Things and other technologies
Booyco Electronics CEO Anton Lourens talks to Creamer Media about expanding the value proposition of PDS. Video & Editing: Creamer Media's Nicholas Boyd.

Minerals Council's Roger Baxter encouraged by board-level engagement with Transnet 

By: Martin Creamer     Updated 5 hours ago Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter said on Monday that the council is encouraged by the board level engagement it has undertaken so far with State rail enterprise Transnet and is hoping that this engagement will deliver some very specific results in stabilising rail performance in the... 

Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, Council president Nolitha Fakude, office bearer Themba Mkhwanazi, and chief economist Henk Langenhoven.
Photo by Creamer Media
Minerals Council South Africa CEO Roger Baxter, Council president Nolitha Fakude, office bearer Themba Mkhwanazi, and chief economist Henk Langenhoven.

Ever greater global acknowledgement of need to decarbonise ever more urgently – Anglo 

By: Martin Creamer     6th February 2023 Ever greater acknowledgement is being given to the need to decarbonise global energy and transport systems ever more urgently. At the same time, ever greater global recognition is being given to the fact that many of the products of mining are fundamental to enabling that shift. 

Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad.
Anglo American CE Duncan Wanblad.

CSIR to showcase VR technology at Mining Indaba

By: Darren Parker     3rd February 2023 Virtual reality (VR) training technology designed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to enhance the safety of mineworkers through knowledge training on hazardous underground incidents, will be showcased at the Investing in African Mining Indaba taking place at the Cape... 

Seriti Green raises need for Africa to appraise vanadium as electricity storage battery metal  

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2023 Wind farm builder Seriti Green, which is planning substantial electricity storage capacity at its big renewable energy project in Mpumalanga, has raised the need for vanadium to be appraised as a battery storage metal of choice in Africa owing to the difficulties of sourcing lithium batteries.... 

From left, Layton Nenzinane, Peter Venn and Doug Gain.
Seriti Green Mpumalanga wind farm developers talk to Mining Weekly’s Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Proudly South African technology catches eye of fusion project researchers 

By: Martin Creamer     3rd February 2023 Innovative Proudly South African membraneless technology has caught the eye of the engineers involved in the huge global ITER fusion project as a possible solution to recover tritium from tritiated water. The membraneless technology is the brainchild of Hydrox Holdings engineers, based in... 

The Hydrox team (from left) CEO Corrie de Jager, process engineer Jason Cuomo, director/inventor George Anagnostopoulos, and director Paul van de Vyver.
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
The Hydrox team (from left) CEO Corrie de Jager, process engineer Jason Cuomo, director/inventor George Anagnostopoulos, and director Paul van de Vyver.

Consultants offer energy efficiency planning, implementation

3rd February 2023 Making a mine energy efficient requires plenty of planning, which ideally means proactively designing for efficiency from an early stage in a project, says consulting engineers and scientists SRK Consulting. “Many mining companies are embracing new technology for energy efficiency, but there is... 

A large open pit operation at night being lit up with flood lights and masts
OPEN TO SUGGESTION Mines need to be more open to energy solutions being implemented during the planning phase, as opposed to once the mine has been constructed

Correct lighting solution can help maximise energy savings

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2023 As companies worldwide have become obliged to implement energy-saving methods, the growing popularity of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in a variety of lighting applications has dominated the industry, including in mining operations, says lighting manufacturer BEKA Schréder industrial branch... 

SOLAR RANGE
BEKA SOLAR offers a renewable lighting solution to operate in any challenging African environment
SOLAR RANGE BEKA SOLAR offers a renewable lighting solution to operate in any challenging African environment

Dry-type transformers lead to increased safety at mines

By: Simone Liedtke     3rd February 2023 The global trend of mining companies’ continuously showing their strong commitment to evaluating their operating practices and working towards zero harm has led to an increased demand for the installation of dry-type transformers at underground and surface mining operations. The safety imperative... 

DAVID CLAASSEN
Dry-type transformers translate into increased safety and reduced environmental risk, as there are no chances of leakages or possible fires
DAVID CLAASSEN Dry-type transformers translate into increased safety and reduced environmental risk, as there are no chances of leakages or possible fires

New tech boosts energy, operational efficiencies

By: Halima Frost     3rd February 2023 A manganese miner, in the Northern Cape, has reported a double-digit increase in energy and operational efficiencies since it implemented an Integrated Remote Operations Centre (iROC) designed by energy management and automation company Schneider Electric. An iROC is an integrated operations... 

A photo of Schneider Electrics Building and company logo
ENERGY ENABLER Schneider Electric has helped a notable miner in the Northern Cape to increase its energy and operational efficiencies, with further improvements on the cards

Ramaphosa to deliver keynote address at Mining Indaba

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2023 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has confirmed his attendance at the Mining Indaba taking place in Cape Town next week, from Monday to Thursday. Ramaphosa, accompanied by eight ministers and three deputy ministers, will deliver a keynote address on Tuesday, 7 February. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa.

155 MW wind farm to be constructed in Mpumalanga by Seriti Green  

By: Martin Creamer     2nd February 2023 Work is scheduled to begin soon on the construction of a wind farm in Mpumalanga, South Africa’s electricity heartland. The project, which begins with 155 MW of wind energy and expands to a capacity of 900 MW of renewables and 800 MWh of battery storage, forms part of an agreement that will see... 

Seriti Resources CE Mike Teke.
Seriti Green's wind energy initiative covered by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer. Video: Darlene Creamer.

Rio thankful for radioactive capsule's find

By: Esmarie Iannucci     2nd February 2023 Major Rio Tinto has expressed its gratitude to Western Australia’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services for coordinating the successful search effort to locate a missing capsule lost while in transit from the company’s Gudai-Darri iron ore mine in the Pilbara, Western Australia. The... 

First ever fatality-free January in South African mining history

By: Darren Parker     1st February 2023 The South African mining industry has recorded its first ever fatality-free January, and its first full calendar month without a death, the Minerals Council South Africa reports. As of January 31, the industry has managed to go for 39 consecutive days without a fatality.  The industry has... 

mine workers sitting with rubber gumboots

Australia aims for bigger fines a week into Outback hunt for radioactive capsule

By: Reuters     1st February 2023 Authorities in Australia will review laws that penalise the mishandling of radioactive material with a A$1 000 ($707) fine as a search for a hazardous capsule lost in the Outback enters a seventh day. Officials from Western Australia's emergency response department, defence authorities,... 

Missing radioactive capsule found in Western Australia

By: Reuters     1st February 2023 Australian authorities on Wednesday found a radioactive capsule that was lost in the vast Outback after nearly a week-long search along a 1 400 km (870-mile) stretch of highway, an emergency services official said. The military was verifying the capsule and it would be taken to a secure facility... 

Blyvoor Gold secures approval for solar energy project

By: Martin Creamer     31st January 2023 Carletonville’s Blyvoor Gold Mine has announced the approval of the first phase of its solar energy project. Up to 40 MW will be generated near its mining operations on Gauteng’s West Rand, following Eskom’s first phase approval. 

Carletonville’s Blyvoor Gold Mine on Gauteng’s West Rand.
Carletonville’s Blyvoor Gold Mine on Gauteng’s West Rand.

Mining fatalities reach a new low of 49; injuries, disease also decrease

By: Donna Slater     31st January 2023 South Africa’s mining industry suffered 49 fatalities in 2022 – a 34% improvement on the 74 fatalities of 2021 and a record low, thereby continuing the downward trend many in the mining industry have been rallying behind. “There has been no mine disaster or an accident where five or more people... 

Solar saving gold mine $145 000 a month, more renewables on way, says Pan African 

By: Martin Creamer     30th January 2023 The 10 MW solar power plant at Evander is averaging savings of $145 000 a month for the Mpumalanga gold mine, Pan African Resources said on Monday. Construction is scheduled to begin in June on yet another solar facility, this time an 8 MW photovoltaic solar plant at Barberton Mines’ gold... 

Shaft at Evander gold mine.
Shaft at Evander gold mine.

Rio Tinto apologises for loss of tiny radioactive capsule in Australian outback

By: Reuters     30th January 2023 Rio Tinto apologised on Monday for the loss of a tiny radioactive capsule that has sparked a radiation alert across parts of the vast state of Western Australia. The radioactive capsule, believed to have fallen from a truck, was part of a gauge used to measure the density of iron ore feed which... 

Green hydrogen research given R35m boost 

By: Martin Creamer     27th January 2023 South Africa's North-West University (NWU) is investing around R35-million in strategic funding to advance green hydrogen research over the next five years.   This follows the announcement that Hydrogen South Africa Infrastructure Centre of Competence (HySA CoC) at NWU is collaborating with... 

Hydrogen South Africa solar power installation at NWU to supply renewable power for hydrogen production.
Hydrogen South Africa solar power installation at NWU to supply renewable power for hydrogen production.

Contractor achieves consecutive safety milestones

By: Nadine James     27th January 2023 Drilling and grouting services company Rosond has marked a year of zero harm at platinum producer Anglo American Platinum’s (Amplats’) Tumela mine in the Limpopo province, South Africa. Rosond safety head Andre Kleynhans explains that the company is conducting pack grouting operations at the... 

n image of Rosond MD Ricardo Ribeiro.
RICARDO RIBEIRO The safety achievements are attributed to the culture of caring and responsibility inculcated on all Rosond’s operational sites

Law firm wants to effect positive change through discussions

By: Sabrina Jardim     27th January 2023 Representatives of law firm Beech Veltman will attend the Investing in African Mining Indaba – to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from February 6 to 9 – to discuss and address the challenges facing the mining and natural resources industry across Africa. Beech Veltman... 

A black and white image depicting a smiling man, Warren Beech
WARREN BEECH Beech notes that, while enthusiasm within the African mining sector has decreased over the past few years, Africa still presents “ample opportunity” for investors in the mining and natural resources sector

Mining Indaba introduces InfraTech platform to look at mining innovation

By: Donna Slater     26th January 2023 The organiser of the yearly Investing in African Mining Indaba, Hyve Group, reports that this year’s event will see the launch of a three-day InfraTech content platform that will include discussions on innovation in mining technology and how global pandemics and geopolitical realities act as... 

Torsa launches Johannesburg office as its gateway to Africa

By: Donna Slater     25th January 2023 Spanish mining technology company Torsa has launched its pan-African business hub in South Africa, with plans to “drastically” reduce mining incidents, and most importantly fatalities, in line with a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by President Cyril Ramaphosa and Spain’s President Pedro... 

An example of Torsa's collision avoidance system
An example of Torsa's collision avoidance system

Independent tailings management body launched to oversee conformance with global standard 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     25th January 2023 On the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Brumadinho Tailings dam disaster, in Brazil, which resulted in the deaths of 270 people, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Church of England Pensions Board – representing the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) that... 

The aftermath of the January 2019 Brumadinho tailings dam collapse in Brazil
The aftermath of the January 2019 Brumadinho tailings dam collapse in Brazil

Sasol secures first hydrogen-linked renewable energy supply contract  

By: Martin Creamer     24th January 2023 Chemicals and energy company Sasol has signed a long-term contract for the supply of 69 MW of renewable energy to its Sasolburg site in the Free State – the first of several agreements Sasol intends finalising in the coming months as it secures the renewable energy supply required to produce... 

Sasol energy business executive VP Priscillah Mabelane.
Photo by Creamer Media Chief Photographer Donna Slater
Sasol energy business executive VP Priscillah Mabelane.

Private sector energy, Africa Hydrogen export, Williamson mine make headlines  

20th January 2023 Mining Weekly Editor Martin Creamer unpacks the 9 GW of various energy projects in the private sector; Africa's position to export hydrogen; the now contained tailings breach at Petra Diamonds Williamson mine.   

Photo of Martin Creamer
Private sector energy, Africa Hydrogen export, Williamson mine make headlines

Green hydrogen mine mobility on way in India to platinum applause

By: Martin Creamer     19th January 2023 India has opted for hydrogen fuel-cell heavy-duty mine truck mobility in a green initiative that will have platinum group metals (PGMs) miners applauding. This is because the clean emission-free power will come from proton exchange membrane PEM technology, which is PGM-enabled. 

Anglo American's large nuGen zero emissions haulage solution.
Photo by Creamer Media
Anglo American's large nuGen zero emissions haulage solution.

Centamin commissions 36 MW solar plant at Sukari gold mine

By: Darren Parker     19th January 2023 London-listed Centamin commissioned a 36 MW solar plant at its Sukari gold mine, located in the Nubian Desert near the Red Sea in Egypt, during the fourth quarter of last year, resulting in immediate cost savings and reductions in carbon emissions, CEO Martin Horgan has said. At the release of... 

Sukari gold mine

Africa can export its sunshine as hydrogen, prof highlights ahead of big Sun City event  

By: Martin Creamer     18th January 2023 JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – In the past, geopolitics was such that oil- and gas-rich countries developed faster, but now countries that are able to export their sunshine in the form of hydrogen will be the ones in the pound seats as the world transitions to clean, green energy. 

Hydrogen South Africa Infrastructure Competence Centre director Professor Dmitri Bessarabov.
Hydrogen South Africa's Prof Dmitri Bessarabov interviewed by Mining Weekly's Martin Creamer.

Measures to contain diamond mine tailings breach complete – Petra 

By: Martin Creamer     17th January 2023 When the eastern wall of a tailings storage facility at the Williamson diamond mine, in Tanzania, was breached on November 7 last year, precautionary measures to contain the tailings material and strengthen the New Alamasi water dam were carried out at the operation which is owned 75% by... 

Williamson diamond mine in Tanzania.
Williamson diamond mine in Tanzania.

Historic Koffiefontein diamond mine to be placed on care and maintenance – Petra 

By: Martin Creamer     16th January 2023 London-listed Africa-focused Petra Diamonds announced on Monday that the historic Koffiefontein diamond mine would be placed on care-and-maintenance. As reported by Mining Weekly in May last year, Petra was exploring a responsible exit from its investment in the Koffiefontein diamond mining... 

Petra's Cullinan diamond mine in Gauteng.
Petra's Cullinan diamond mine in Gauteng.

Platinum-boosting clean hydrogen projects, patents are all the rage 

By: Martin Creamer     11th January 2023 The implementation agreement for Namibia’s planned multibillion-dollar Hyphen Hydrogen Energy project is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of this year, Namibia President Hage Geingob revealed in his 2023 New Year’s message. Egypt has granted approval for two green hydrogen projects in... 

Clean hydrogen patent innovation is all the rage, say IEA and EPO.
Clean hydrogen patent innovation is all the rage, say IEA and EPO.

Enable South Africa to become green hydrogen centre – ANC

By: Martin Creamer     9th January 2023 Enabling South Africa to become a green hydrogen centre through government support is highlighted in the January 8 Statement 2023 of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC). "The ANC recognises important work in the Hydrogen Roadmap and directs government to... 

Cover image of 22-page ‘Year of Decisive Action’ document to mark ANC’s 111th anniversary.
Cover image of 22-page ‘Year of Decisive Action’ document to mark ANC’s 111th anniversary.

Harmony reports fatality at Kusasalethu

By: Creamer Media Reporter      19th December 2022 Gold miner Harmony Gold reports that an employee was killed in a fall-of-ground incident at its Kusasalethu mine on the afternoon of December 15. The fall of ground was the result of a seismic event. 

Increased output attributed to facility expansion

By: Halima Frost     16th December 2022 Aim-listed metals processing company Jubilee Metals Group’s Inyoni platinum group metals (PGMs) processing facility, in Gauteng, has successfully increased its operational output, subsequent to the completion of its capitalisation and expansion programme in March. This is based on Inyoni’s... 

A platinum processing plant in the sunset
UPPING OUTPUT Jubliee's Inyoni mine has exceeded operational output predictions after its expansion
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